San Dieguito Academy

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Coordinates: 33°2′14.82″N 117°16′30.07″W / 33.0374500°N 117.2750194°W / 33.0374500; -117.2750194

San Dieguito Academy
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800 Santa Fe Dr.

School districtSan Dieguito Union High School District
PrincipalAdam Camacho
Teaching staff74.67 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,902 (2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio25.47[1]
NewspaperThe Mustang
YearbookThe Hoofprint
Historic Mustangs signboard before it was removed in 2013; restored in 2017
Senior Court (prior to demolition in 2015 for a new Math & Science Building)

San Dieguito High School Academy, originally known as San Dieguito Union High School and San Dieguito High School, is a public high school in the San Dieguito Union High School District in Encinitas, California, San Diego County, which was established in 1936.[2]

General information[edit]

1,584 students were enrolled at San Dieguito High School Academy in the 2013–2014 school year with a senior class of over 350 students.[3] The pupil-teacher ratio is 27:1.[4] The average SAT score in 2013–2014 was 1840 and the average ACT score was 27.[5] The student body is 71% Caucasian, 21% Hispanic, 7% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 2% other.[4] During the 2012–2013 school year, San Dieguito Academy's senior class had a 98.43% graduation rate.[6]


The school was founded in 1936 as the first public high school within the new San Dieguito Union High School District, educating students in grades 8 through 12.[7]

As the campus had not yet been built when school started September 14, 1936, students attended classes in tents.

In 1996 San Dieguito High School was re-designed as a "school of choice" and renamed San Dieguito High School Academy to offer a student centered environment for a maximum of 1,450 students. [8]

All students living within the district may enroll at either La Costa Canyon High School or Torrey Pines High School within their attendance areas, but they are also eligible to attend San Dieguito Academy and Canyon Crest Academy, both of which are designed to be "schools of choice." Typically, more students apply than there are available spaces, so a lottery of applicants is conducted to determine who may attend. New students with siblings that already attend SDA are automatically enrolled to the school.

One hallmark of a San Dieguito Union High School District academy is a "4x4" class schedule as opposed to a more traditional "rotating block schedule". This means that students may take four 90-minute classes every day during an 18-week course, completing eight classes (80 credits) a year.

In 1998, the school had roughly 1000 students, and by 2002, had 1500 (population limits of district high schools and academies are required to grow relative to the district). Fall 2003 enrollment was 1462.

In the fall of 2015, construction began on the new Math and Science building in the place of old Senior Court. Construction funded by SDUHSD voter-approved Proposition AA bond measure.


San Dieguito Academy is a part of CIF and a member of the North County Conference playing in the Avocado West; student athletes may participate in 21 varsity/junior varsity level sports.[9]

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  1. ^ a b c "San Dieguito HS Academy". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  2. ^ Archived August 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for San Dieguito HS Academy".
  5. ^ "Explore San Dieguito High Academy". Niche.
  6. ^ "2013-14 School Accountability Report Card" (PDF). San Dieguito Academy. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-19.
  7. ^ "Mustangs celebrate 70th anniversary". October 18, 2007.
  8. ^ "About the San Dieguio Union High School District". December 6, 2007.
  9. ^ Mustang Athletics

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